Phil Jensen

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Phil Jensen
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South Dakota State Senate, District 33
Incumbent
In office
2013 - present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives, District 33
2009 - 2013
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Phil Jensen is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Jensen served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 33 from 2009 to 2013.

Biography

Jensen's professional experience includes working as a cookware dealer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Jensen served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Energy
Education
Health and Human Services
Retirement Laws, Vice Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jensen served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jensen served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Jensen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Phil is 100% Pro-Life

  • Excerpt: "Unborn children are human beings and should be protected"

Phil is 100% Pro-Family

  • Excerpt: "The family, not the government should be the center of what South Dakotans depend on. The government should not play the role of parent."

Phil is 100% 2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution means what it says: Citizens have the right to own firearms without government interfering in that right."

Phil is 100% Pro-Business

  • Excerpt: "The proper role of government is to establish and maintain an environment that enables and encourages individuals and businesses to pursue their dreams, not stifle them."

Phil is 100% Pro-South Dakota

  • Excerpt: "Phil is dedicated to restraining tax and fee increases for his constituents and all South Dakotans."

Elections

2014

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate took place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Robin Page defeated Haven Stuck in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Phil Jensen defeated David Johnson in the Republican primary. Jensen defeated Page in the general election.[2][3][4]

South Dakota State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jensen Incumbent 64.6% 5,016
     Democratic Robin Page 35.4% 2,743
Total Votes 7,759
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State
South Dakota State Senate, District 33 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Page 53.8% 346
Haven Stuck 46.2% 297
Total Votes 643
South Dakota State Senate, District 33 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jensen Incumbent 50.6% 1,232
David Johnson 49.4% 1,203
Total Votes 2,435

2012

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Jensen won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 33. Jensen defeated Michael Buckingham in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated Matt McGrath (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

South Dakota State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jensen 57.4% 5,722
     Independent Matt McGrath 42.6% 4,245
Total Votes 9,967
South Dakota State Senate District 33 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jensen 57.6% 1,128
Michael Buckingham 42.4% 832
Total Votes 1,960

2010

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Jensen won re-election to District 33 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Jensen and Jacqueline Sly (incumbent) both ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary.[7] Jensen and Sly were unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010.

South Dakota State House, District 33 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Jensen (R) 4,920 56.62%
Green check mark transparent.png Jacqueline Sly (R) 3,769 43.38%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Phil Jensen is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Phil Jensen raised a total of $36,219 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[8]

Phil Jensen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota State Senate, District 33 Won $7,035
2010 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 33 Won $10,549
2008 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 33 Won $18,635
Grand Total Raised $36,219

2012

Phil Jensen won election to the South Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Phil Jensen raised a total of $7,035.
South Dakota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phil Jensen's campaign in 2012
Senate Repub Caucus$1,000
SDrpac$400
Landers, Barb$350
Rushmore Pac$250
Friends of Dan Lederman$250
Total Raised in 2012$7,035
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Jensen received $10,549 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[9]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phil Jensen's campaign in 2010
Jensen, Phil & Janet$7,653
South Dakota Association of Realtors$300
Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota$300
South Dakota Association of Specialty Care Providers$250
Associated General Contractors of South Dakota$200
Total Raised in 2010 $10,549

2008

In 2008, Jensen collected $18,635 in donations.[10]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Blank $9,015
Phil Jenson $4,438
South Dakota Republican Party $630
Joel and Janice Hrachovec $250
William Janklow South Dakota Development Fund $250

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 89th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 14 to March 31.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the issue of abortions.

2013

In 2013, the 88th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 8 to March 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on the "top ten" issues affecting your freedom.

2012

In 2012, the 87th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 19.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored "based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, federalism, and protection of life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness."[11]

2011

In 2011, the 86th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 28.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the military and veterans.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to gun control and reform.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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South Dakota State Senate District 33
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 33
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Scott W. Craig (R)